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County fairs around Northeast Ohio are debating whether to ban sale or display of the Confederate flag. The grass-roots movement comes after state legislators killed a proposal that would have banned the flag across all fairs last month.

Portage County is the latest to face calls to remove the Confederate flag from its county fair. A petition from Portage County Young Democrats urges the fair board to take the “necessary steps” of banning the sale and display of the flag at the Portage County Randolph Fair.

University Hospitals (UH) and the NASA Glenn Research Center are partnering to test out two potential methods for decontaminating disposable masks.

Coronavirus cases are on the rise in Ohio and across Northeast Ohio, including in Cleveland. University Hospitals has enough personal protective equipment on hand for now, said UH Innovation Center Managing Director Kipum Lee.

The decontamination methods are a “contingency plan” in case of a future shortage.

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Cleveland Metropolitan School District found that some families struggled to adapt to remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic, revealing big differences in success based on a student’s grade level, access to technology and family income.

Vice President Mike Pence rode onto the stage Thursday in the newly-unveiled Lordstown Motors electric pickup truck, the Endurance, to deliver a wide-ranging speech to the Northeast Ohio crowd.

Among the topics he touched on at the former General Motors plant in Lordstown were the economy, the Trump administration’s negotiations with China and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

“We fought for free and fair trade and the values and ideals that have always made this country great,” Pence said. “On every single promise, President Trump delivered for the people of Ohio.”

Eighteen Northeast Ohio church congregations are joining forces to offer free, on-site COVID-19 testing.

In addition to getting more people tested, the effort also aims to address racial disparities in coronavirus response.

Greater Cleveland Congregations is launching the Color of Health Initiative, with an emphasis on the African American community and other higher-risk groups. The initiative is a partnership with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and MetroHealth.

An online petition is calling for the Medina County Fair Board to ban the sale and display of the Confederate flag and related merchandise at the fair.

The petition is the result of recent protests against police brutality and a failed legislative attempt to ban the flag across all county and local fairs, according to organizer and Medina County resident Leah Nichols.

Akron officials on Tuesday announced a reward of $45,000 for any information regarding the murder of 18-year old Na’kia Crawford earlier this week.

“Today I’m humbled to say that the Akron community is stepping up in a very big way to try to help give Na’kia and her family the justice she so desperately needed in this case,” Mayor Dan Horrigan said.

State Sen. Nicki Antonio (D-Lakewood)
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While state Sen. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) says Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision is significant, more needs to be done to protect Ohio's LGBTQ residents.

Ohio day camps can begin reopening May 31, Gov. Mike DeWine announced in his daily coronavirus press conference Thursday. Full guidelines from the state are forthcoming, but camps around Northeast Ohio already have plans of their own at the ready to keep children safe.

Hiram House in Chagrin Falls has suspended some of its camp options for the 2020 season, said Executive Director Courtney Guzy, including the overnight camp, cookouts and group photos.

The Cuyahoga County Public Library will open about half of its branches next month for limited services, including curbside pick-up and drive thru options.

Thirteen locations will open June 1, but anyone with a checked-out item has until June 15 to return it. About 400,000 materials are currently on loan, Executive Director Tracy Strobel said.

“As you can imagine, if they decided to return them all on June 1, that would be challenging for us to handle, just from a materials handling and logistics standpoint,” Strobel said.

The Plain Dealer is dissolving its news guild and will publish coverage exclusively from cleveland.com.

The paper announced the changes Tuesday in a cleveland.com column from Editor-in-Chief Tim Warsinskey. The four remaining journalists at The Plain Dealer have been offered jobs at cleveland.com to continue their work, according to Warsinskey.

A new poll from Baldwin Wallace University finds a widening gap in approval ratings for Gov. Mike DeWine and President Donald Trump’s coronavirus responses.

The poll surveyed roughly 800 registered Ohio voters on government COVID-19 response and the upcoming election. Previous BW polls have included multiple Midwestern states.

About 85 percent of Ohioans surveyed approve of the measures DeWine has enacted during the pandemic and 79 percent believe the governor began to put preventative measures in place at the appropriate time.

Barbers and hairstylists gathered in East Cleveland Monday to ask Gov. Mike DeWine to include them in the initial phases of reopening Ohio.

The rally at World Famous Superfly Barbershop focused on what shops can do to keep clients and employees safe when they reopen: disinfecting chairs after each service, barring walk-ins and screening appointment-only incoming customers for virus symptoms.

The company managing cleveland.com has announced furloughs, pay cuts and additional changes for employees in an effort to save money during the pandemic, according to Advance Local.

Workers making more than $35,000 annually will receive pay cuts ranging from 2 percent to 20 percent depending on income level, CEO Caroline Harrison wrote in a memo to employees. The reductions will be in effect through December, Harrison said, though there will be a re-evaluation of the situation in September.

The Cleveland Clinic has begun enrollment for a nationwide trial to test an anti-malarial drug’s effect on treating the coronavirus.